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Epsom Derby Facts and Figures
The Derby (currently known as the Cazoo Derby Stakes for sponsorship purposes) takes place in early June each year at the stunning Epsom Downs racecourse and it is one of the most eagerly awaited flat races in the country. This race has a very long and illustrious history with the first race having been run in 1780 and we take a look at some fascinating facts about the Epsom Derby.
Epsom Derby Historical Facts
The first running of the famous Epsom Derby was in 1780 and the winner of this race was Diomed, ridden by Sam Arnull, trained by R Teasdale and owned by Sir Charles Bunbury
The 1913 running of the race became known as the 'Suffragette Derby' when suffragette Emily Davison ran out in front of King George V's horse and was killed. The militant suffragette attempted to grab the horse's reins and she was seriously injured, dying from her injuries just a few days later.
Epsom Derby Racecourse Facts
The Epsom Derby is a total distance of one mile, four furlongs and six yards (2,420 metres)
The total prize purse for the Epsom Derby in 2022 was a cool £1.5 million with the winner netting £909,628 which was shared between connections and jockey.
The total number of horses running this famous race varies from one year to the next, this being dependant on how many actually qualify and are deemed fit to race. Nevertheless the general rule is that anywhere between 12 and 16 runners will compete on the day and this will never exceed 20.
The card at Epsom Racecourse on Derby Day contains seven races, including the Derby itself.
Epsom Derby Winners Facts
The 2022 winner of the Epsom Derby was Desert Crown, ridden by Richard Kingscote and trained by Sir Michael Stoute
The 2021 winner of the Epsom Derby was Adayar, ridden by Adam Kirby and trained by Charlie Appleby
Serpentine was the winner of the 2020 Epsom Derby, ridden by Emmet McNamara and trained by Aiden O'Brien who became the most successful Derby-winning trainer in the history of the race
Anthony Van Dyke was the 2019 winner of the Epsom Derby, a bay colt trained by Aidan O'Brien and ridden by Seamie Heffernan
The 239th running of the Epsom Derby was won by Masar, a Charlie Appleby-trained runner ridden by William Buick at a starting price of 16/1